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Ask Sid: Rubber Smell in Wines?

September 20th, 2017
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Question: Recently tried a few wines that showed a rubber smell. What is that and how can you get rid of it?

Answer: Probably a sulphur issue or mercaptans – giving off those rubbery strong onion & garlic aromas. Also can be the result of a reductive style of winemaking or screwcap closure (resulting in an absence of oxygen) that may be improved by decanting the wine. Another thing to try is adding a penny (an old one made of real copper) into the decanter or your glass. Not always totally successful but usually helps. Just like trying that trick of plastic wrap for a corky TCA problem. Good luck.


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Chef Meets Truck

September 18th, 2017

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The food truck scene in Vancouver continues to thrive. Both the casual innovative quality food served from them and the disincentive of high real estate prices to start up a restaurant has contributed to their success. To show this phenomenon to advantage the chefstablesociety.com came up with the idea last year of having top restaurant chefs hop aboard local food trucks for an evening to jointly cook up some dishes. This was blogged on September 19, 2016 accessed here. The second Chef Meets Truck in partnership with Yaletown BIA and supporting sponsors was held on September 12, 2017 on a clear sunny evening from 6-9 pm on a closed off area of 900 Hamilton Street at Nelson Street with 8 trucks plus 8 guest chefs. The Menu is attached showing these unique dishes they presented with excellent BC Okanagan wines from @CedarCreekWine & driven by thirst craft beer with character from @Parallel49Beer. Part of the proceeds from the event is donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Which dish would you most liked to have tried?

Menu items with tix info as of Sept 02 0817
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Top ten desserts made with wine

September 17th, 2017

Wine and desserts
By Joseph Temple

Want to add flare to your next dinner party? Try using wine in your favorite dessert recipe. Traditional all American apple pie with red wine caramel sauce. Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon move from the dinner setting to the sweetest part of every meal.


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Vidal Ice Wine Ice Cream with fresh fruit

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b2. Chardonnay Roasted Apples with Custard Sauce
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3. Madeira Soaked Fruit Cake

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4. Riesling Fall Fruit Compote and Creamy Yogurt Parfait
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5. Merlot Cherry and Blueberry Chocolate Cake
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6.  Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Cabernet Franc Poached Cherries

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7. Gewürztraminer and Rose Sorbets with Coulis

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8. Sauvignon Blanc and Lime Refresher
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9. Stone Fruit Bread Pudding with Moscato Reduction

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10. Riesling Poached Pear Almond Cake
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Ask Sid: Are the words “Variety” & “Varietal” interchangeable?

September 13th, 2017
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Question: Confused about the wine speak words of variety or varietal. Are they interchangeable?

Answer: Not really.

“Variety” is best used to describe the grape type: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir etc.

Use the word “varietal” only to describe the wine made from that specific variety: a varietal wine made from the grape varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, or Merlot, or Pinot Noir etc. Not used for blends.


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Some Old Red Burgundies Surprise – Especially 1983!

September 11th, 2017

1983 Burgundy wine

Red Burgundy went through some bad vintages in the seventies and eighties. Among the winners 1985 & 1978 are deservedly celebrated but there are lots of mediocre years of large yields produced from under-ripe grapes. Rot was sometimes a problem too as shown by vintages like 1986 and particularly 1983. Your scribe remembers some big tasting-dinners spotlighting the release of 1983 organized in San Francisco mid-eighties by the inimitable Haskell Norman for the Marin County Branch of IWFS. Boy there sure was some dry tannic rotting vegetables of “gout de sec” showing in so many of the young wines. Caveat emptor applied! Tried many different producer’s 1983s over the next 30 odd years and most were quite disappointing as to be expected from the difficult harvest conditions.

However more recently your scribe has been tasting the last few remaining cellared bottles and has been delightfully surprised. It started with the last bottle of 1983 Echezeaux Grand Cru Domaine des Perdix from B. Mugneret-Gouachon. Never much cared for this wine with that typical vintage 1983 characteristic of very light brown colour (looked like one of those now trendy orange wines) plus coarse tannins and high acidity. However now nearly 35 years later the unclean aromas seem to be gone combined more into an earthy aged open bouquet that was quite enticing and the flavour entry was smooth with refreshing finishing acidity. Lacks fruit of course but still interesting and excellent with food. Since then have sampled successfully quite a few Faiveley that are showing quality like the amazing Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru les Saint-Georges & the Clos des Cortons (their Mazis-Chambertin 1986 also is a delight!), elegant clean fined Drouhin Clos de la Roche, and even that rich big tannic Trapet Chambertin seems now somewhat improved. Wish there were more bottles left!

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A key lesson to be learned is that even less celebrated vintages that have structure and acidity can with patience develop into something special and surprise you. Even though experts may tell you your wine is over-the-hill that may not always be the case. Continue to marvel over older bottles of red Burgundy (and wines from other regions) you find that are astonishing and contrary to your expectations. That is a real treat and what makes us all such wine lovers!

What older vintage has surprised you?


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